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Make Smart Decisions with Louisiana Flood Recovery Funds

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:16

BATON ROUGE, La. – With more than $202 million in Individual Assistance already in the hands of Louisiana flood survivors, state and federal officials have some advice: Resist the urge to splurge.

State and federal disaster assistance is meant to help people pay for necessities and start to get back on their feet.

Disaster assistance may include grants and loans to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged homes, temporary housing, or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.

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Louisiana Flood Survivors Can Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice in Gonzales

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:13

BATON ROUGE, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the August floods, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Free Legal Services Available To Disaster Survivors

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:02

BATON ROUGE, La. – Free disaster-related legal advice is available to low-income Louisiana flood survivors through a partnership among the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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One week left for West Virginia survivors to apply to FEMA, SBA

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 08:48

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – There is only one week left to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and to submit applications for physical low-interest disaster loans to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). West Virginia survivors eligible for federal assistance, who were impacted by the June 22-29 storms, floods, landslides and mudslides, have until Wednesday, Sept. 7 to file their applications.

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in East Baton Rouge Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 16:05

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Wednesday, August 31, in East Baton Rouge Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

East Baton Rouge Parish Location:

Celtic Studios

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Suncrest Fire

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:44

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Suncrest Fire burning in Chelan County, Washington.

 

FEMA Region X Regional Administrator, Kenneth D. Murphy determined that the fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. Murphy approved the state of Washington’s request for a federal Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) at 9:19 p.m. PDT on August 27, 2016.

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Don't Wait. Prepare for Emergencies Today.

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:43

ATLANTA, Ga. -- September is National Preparedness Month and as tropical storm activity increases this week, FEMA encourages residents in the Southeast to make disaster preparedness a priority.

“National Preparedness Month focuses on the need to be ready for disasters and emergencies,” said FEMA Region IV Regional Administrator Gracia Szczech. “September is also the peak of hurricane season, so preparing now is even more critical for families and businesses in the Southeast.”

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Where to go when FEMA cannot help: Fed and state governments top list

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:32

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — It has been just over two months since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration authorizing federal assistance for survivors of severe storms and flooding that hit southeastern West Virginia on June 22-29, 2016. The declaration, signed by the president on June 25, provides for assistance to individuals in these 12 counties: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

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The Most Important App You Can Download Today

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:20

ATLANTA, Ga. -- What’s the most important app you have on your phone—the one you can’t live without? Facebook? YouTube? Snapchat? Google Maps? All of them? What makes any of these apps so important to us is they provide content, connection, and capability. Some apps are fun, some are useful, and some help us get things done.

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FEMA Awards $11,447,584 grant to City of Des Plaines

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 10:48

CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $11,447,584 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Des Plaines, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of 47 flood-prone homes.

 

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry Parishes

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:54

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Thursday, Aug. 25, in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

St. Louis King of France Catholic Church

2121 N. Sherwood Forest Dr.

Baton Rouge, La. 70815

Early Learning Center Gym

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Louisiana Survivors Can Get FEMA Rebuilding Advice at Area Home Improvement Stores

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:48

Baton Rouge, La. — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, FEMA and local hardware and home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

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Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents in Louisiana

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:42

BATON ROUGE, La. - Disasters such as the recent floods and storms commonly result in the loss of important documents, but Louisiana residents have ways to replace them. Here is a list of useful websites and telephone numbers:

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Federal Support Continues for Survivors in Louisiana

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 17:20

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and volunteers from around the country, continues to support and assist flood survivors in Louisiana.

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Flood Survivors Urged to Avoid Fraud and Other Scams

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:09

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana recovery continues with the energy and work of businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations along with government agencies and committed citizens.

Unfortunately, disasters also bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors who appear to be rich targets for their fraudulent services.

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Take Extra Care with Hazardous Waste

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 17:46

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you are cleaning out your home and removing flood-damaged materials, be aware of potentially hazardous wastes and dispose of them properly.

Hazardous waste should always be separated from non-hazardous materials. Types of hazardous waste includes:

  • Cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, and polishes

  • Pesticides and repellants

  • Automotive fluids

  • Paints, varnishes, and solvents

  • Batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, and items containing mercury

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Get Local Permits Before You Rebuild; Repair Safer & Stronger

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:46

BATON ROUGE, La. – If you have property affected by the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana, you’re encouraged to get the necessary permits before starting new construction or repairs.

“The first step for any property owners in Louisiana who have damage to their homes or businesses should be to check with your local building official,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. “That official can work with you or your contractor to ensure any permits are properly filed and necessary inspections are carried out.”

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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Lafayette Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 11:49

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center is opening Sunday, August 28, in Lafayette Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

Lafayette Parish

Location:  Lafayette Court (at University and Lee)

                  301 West University Avenue

                  Lafayette, LA 70506

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Pointe Coupee Parish for Louisiana Survivors

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 14:01

BATON ROUGE, La. – A mobile disaster recovery center is opening today, Saturday, August 27, in Pointe Coupee Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

The mobile disaster recovery center is operating at the following address and hours:

Pointe Coupee Parish

Location:  False River Parking Lot

                  1200 Major Parkway

                  New Roads, LA 70760

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Declaration

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:28

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Assistance for the Commonwealth and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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